Interviewing for a temporary job is as important as any other job interview. As a temporary employee you not only represent yourself but also the staffing agency that placed you. They want to make sure that you make a good impression and will be qualified for the specific job. As you apply for temporary positions, keep in mind these 8 interview questions common for temp recruiters to ask.
- Are you looking for long-term or short-term work? Either answer, or both, is correct but the recruiter wants to get a feel for how they can use you most effectively for their clients. Most temp services welcome candidates who can be flexible with their schedules and assignment choices.
- Describe the type of environment you prefer? Some companies are fast paced, some have a slower atmosphere. Some companies are conservative and professional while others can be more casual. Your recruiter doesn’t want to place you somewhere that doesn’t match your personality.
- Are you willing to commit for a temporary position? They want to know that if you accept an assignment for one day, one week, one month, or long-term that you are willing to commit to the entire project. Talk to them if you’re unhappy before you walk off the job or make a decision that will impact your relationship with the company.
- How would former coworkers describe you? They want to get your idea of how other people saw you on the job. How did you interact with others? Are you a team player or someone who prefers to keep their head down? Again, the recruiter wants to place you with other employees with whom you’ll get along.
- Would you be interested in a permanent position? Staffing agencies receive a variety of jobs from their clients. Some are short-term and some are temp to hire. They want to know if you’re looking for a permanent opportunity or would rather work temporary.
- Why do you want to work a temp job? It may be that you want to have flexibility in your schedule. It may be that you are looking for a bridge to permanent employment. You may be looking for extra money while you build up your own business. Whatever the case, be sure to be honest with the recruiter.
- What hours are you available to work? Depending on the type of work you’re looking for, some temporary jobs may be after regular business hours or over the weekend. Let the recruiter know if you have any conflicts ahead of time or what hours you prefer to work.
- Are you sometimes available on short notice? Very often the recruiter will receive a phone call first thing in the morning requesting a temp for the same say. They will contact everyone who may be available and the first person to say yes gets the assignment. If they know you can available on short notice they will make sure you are contacted in these situations.
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